Basic Key Skills Builder (bksb) is an approved online skills review tool used by TAFE Queensland. It determines your reading and numeracy levels within the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

We want to make sure you have the right skills and support to be successful in your course. The bksb helps us identify any areas where you may need additional support to help you achieve your goals.

VET Student Loans and the bksb

If you apply for a VET Student Loan (VSL), you need to provide evidence that you have the reading and numeracy skills to successfully complete your course.

You must demonstrate competence at, or above Exit Level 3 (working in Level 4) in the ACSF in both reading and numeracy.

You can demonstrate your reading and numeracy competence in one the following ways:

  • Supply a copy of your Year 12 Certificate of Education that has been awarded to you by the board of studies of an Australian State or Territory. It does not matter when you completed high school.
  • Supply a copy of your Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Level IV or higher qualification that was taught in English in 1995 or after.
  • Complete a bksb skills review and achieve an Exit Level 3 (working in Level 4).


Who needs to complete the bksb assessment?

All TAFE Queensland students applying for a VET Student Loan who are unable to provide a copy of an Australian Year 12 Certificate of Education or AQF Level IV or higher qualification*, must complete a bskb skills review.

*You must have achieved the qualification in an English-language learning environment.

VET Student Loans

Vocational Education and Training (VET) Student Loans is an Australian Government loan program that helps eligible students pay their tuition fees.


Complete the bksb

Greater Brisbane students

For all students in the Greater Brisbane region excluding SkillsTech, and Ipswich, Inala, and Springfield. 

Complete the bksb
SkillsTech students

For all SkillsTech students (trades) in the Greater Brisbane region. 

Complete the bksb
All other students

For all other students across the state, including Ipswich, Inala and Springfield.

Complete the bksb